What Does an Elder Law Attorney do?
The practice of elder law is an area of expertise that developed from the need of a
growing population of senior citizens with specific legal issues. What can an elder
law attorney do for you or a loved one?
Elder law is a relative new area in the practice of law, arising from the need of a
growing population of senior citizens with specific legal needs. What can an elder
law attorney do for your or loved one?
An elder law attorney assists in estate planning for the management of an estate
during life and the disposition after the passing of an individual. Estate planning
includes drafting a will, establishing a trust, preparing advance medical directives
and preparing powers of attorney, to ease the burden of one’s incapacity or passing
on their loved ones.
Often Medicaid comes into the lives of senior citizens to pay for nursing home
care. Medicaid contains many complex rules and regulations regarding income
and assets, and asset protection avoids the impoverishment of a spouse should
Medicaid become necessary.
Trust Administration and Executor (Personal Representative) Duties
A trust is an estate planning tool that allows property to pass to beneficiaries
outside of probate, which is the process that administers the estate of a deceased.
Trust administration and the duties of the executor (also known as the personal
representative) of an estate can be complex and time consuming. An elder law
attorney with expertise in these areas can handle the duties for an estate rather than
burdening a loved one with these tasks during a time of grief.
Protecting the Rights of Seniors
Elder law also encompasses protecting the rights of senior citizens in many areas,
Personal rights of the elderly during guardianship or conservatorship, two
methods of handling the living estate of an incapacitated senior;
Health insurance issues;
Abuse, neglect or exploitation; and
Using an elder law attorney with expertise with these issues will ensure that you
receive the best legal advice for your particular needs.
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